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Haven't Had A New Cut/Style In A LONG Time

This is a major beauty confession for me.  Although I do get my hair trimmed on a regular basis, I haven't had a new cut/style in a long, long time.  I've had it pretty much the same with only slight differences since HIGH SCHOOL, and I'll be going into my fourth year of college this coming Fall.  Same part.  All cut to the same length.  It's time for a change, especially since my education classes are really taking off.  I'll be observing my mentor teacher next Spring, and I want to be taken seriously.  Some people say I look like I'm in middle school or high school, and that is a very nice compliment.  However, I don't know how school systems feel about teachers who may look more like students.


I want a change, but I'm a bit of a chicken.  I also have no idea where to start!  I'm a chicken because I had my hair cut too short before.  Short hair is a no-no for someone with naturally thick, curly hair.  Heck, I was picked on in middle school just for the fact it was curly, and gum tossed in your hair is not fun.  However, that all completely changed in high school, although I was not quick to believe people's compliments.  I am going to talk to my future mother-in-law about ideas since she does hair, but I need all the advice I can get since I'm a chicken lol.  I mainly wear my hair in these styles depending on the weather and what I'm doing:

  • Completely down
  • down with sections pulled back and secured with snap clips and bobby pins
  • braided pig tails
  • normal pony tail
  • pinned up pony tail
  • messy bun pony tail

To give you an idea of the slight changes, here's my Senior year formal picture by the crappy photographer that makes people look really pale (you should see some others in the year book).  I'm a 2010 graduate.  You can see how the curl can be at times.  It can curl differently depending on the weather and whatnot.



A much more recent picture with my hair shorter and sections pinned back.  A new photographer needed help building her portfolio with her new equipment, and Lanndan and I were her guinea pigs lol.  It is still all the same length.  Bangs have also been evil with me lol.



Here's another recent one with Meat Head.  Smiley Happy  Right as I took the picture, he turned his face to give me surprise sugar.  "Meat Head!" lol.  Anyway, my hair is pulled back in a pinned up pony tail, another style from the high school days.


Hair completely down.



Another pinned up pony tail that shows more of my face shape.  I know face shape can affect hair styles or something like that.



I hope the info and pics can help with any  advice.  I do like my curls when they do what I want, but sometimes they're stubborn lol.  Since I'm wanting a change, I am beyond clueless as to where to start.


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Eeep for computer problems! Smiley Sad


Glad you're back though!!! ^_^ *hugs*

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Hi Kimmi, me again. First of all, sorry for that looong post, just saw it and want to hide my head. Tried to 'edit' and put an I'm sorry but it wouldn't let me. Sorry Ladies and Lads. Hope this isn't as bad.

Anywho, *Your hair - Gorgeous. *Your Boyfriend/Fiancee - cuuute. *Your dog - Love him, so cute, can you tell me more about him? * Your friends picture taking ability -Great. I really love the pics , especially with Landon and your pup. I like your hair in the pic with Lanndan, it's polished and stylish at the same time, shows off your curls beautifully.


I think you got some great input from a lot of others, I agreed with much of it. You don't need to lose your length. You could do different Up-do's or maybe French braids, I've seen some other cool braiding techniques, check youtube maybe. That might make you feel a little more polished/professional. Have you ever used rollers, hot or cold, to get a looser more wavy look, that's sometimes a bit softer and looks nice in a ponytail too. If I'm not going curly I use a hot curling brush or rollers, it's hard to get all that hair in the rollers, my arms aren't always long enough to do it easily, you probably have the same problem, you have to be some kind of contortionist. Reminds me, bought rollers from Sephora during 20% sale and haven't tried them, They're $$ should see if I like them, although I bought them when my hair was long, will be easier to do but I won't be able to see if they work well when my hair is long again. Have not had success with Velcro rollers.


You could color it if you want a change up, nothing too crazy, but I feel stupid saying that now, you're wise enough to not go nuts. You could do some fun playing around with color over the summer and during senior year, before spring teaching starts up. I like the Ombre look a lot but I'm not sure I'd go there, atleast not when you first start. I know the feeling about looking so young, dealt with it myself. I think if you keep your hair, clothes and makeup polished looking you'll be just fine. I loved the picture @lylysa posted showing Halle Berry's layers, good call, layers might work nicely for you. I'd just explain it all to your stylist and maybe he can start off with more conservative, starter layers. Definitely find somebody who specifically cuts curly hair. Find another curly top whose hair you like and ask her who she uses, that's what worked for me. I also really liked Ouidad Haircare a lot. I haven't used it in a while, she has a lot more products in her line now. I stopped because my hair was getting a bit thinner and I don't know, maybe it was that or just that I needed a break from her She owns a salon in NYC and has some others I believe, not sure where, you can check out her website. She designed the products for herself and is supposed to be like the Goddess of Curly Hair Cutting. Her employees must be good as well, don't know if they're near you, you're in TX, right? Her products might work wonders for you, although your hair is gorgeous as it is. Might work well if you decided to use rollers. I usually dry my hair all or most of the way, depending on what curling 'appliance' I'm using. I'd love to see pictures with your hair soft and wavy. I know this weather is not your friend though.

I've been using Alterna Haircare lately. Was using Volumizing in the winter and just switched to the frizz-fighting line. I use their Abundant Volume and De-Frizz styling products. I think I'm liking the Anti-Frizz Shmp & Cond, need more time to tell for sure though. The Volumizing line smelled a little yummier. I also used Living Proof and liked that too.

Finally, I don't have to say this, but you really are beautiful and I think much of that comes from within, there really is something that I suspect radiates from inside. Your hair, clothes and makeup will just compliment what you naturally possess. I hope this helped. Are you taking courses over the summer or taking time for yourself? Congrats on your upcoming senior year, good for you. Can't wait to see what pics you post for us and what you've been doing with your nails, I love checking out your designs. Be well. Smiley Happy

p.s. - had something else I wanted to say, but forget what it is...I'll let you know if I remember. Please forgive length or typos.

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Welcome back, kssweetheart!  Smiley Happy  It's great to see you back online!


I am very impressed that you didn't give your stylist a piece of your mind.  There's a huge difference between two or three inches and nine inches.  That's is close to one foot!  He would have gotten an idea about how I felt just by the expression on my face if I caught it in time, or the next time I was there.  I definitely don't blame you for the tip.  I know tips are important, but those working for them need to listen and do their job correctly.


Once again, the layers idea seem to be a very popular/good idea.  Some of the pictures I found online involve layers, and I took pictures of them on my phone for reference.  I'm also going to post them on here.  I've already posted them to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  When I research and look for other opinions, I go all out lol.  Yay for social media! lol.


Thank you for your advice and compliments Smiley Happy  Meat Head is a rescued Bloodhound my parents and I adopted a bit after we had to put down my almost 15 years old basset hound, Jewel.  I posted about him somewhere in the off topic part, but he is such a sweetie!

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Me again, just saw my 2nd post and it's even longer *blushing emo here* This isn't the thing I couldn't remember but you could try clip on bangs, they can cut them and style them to blend with your regular hair. Some can be colored to match you perfectly. Then is you don't like them, not that big of a deal, just pop em' right off. Prices vary, shop around, or see if anyone else has some more info. Smiley Happy

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Thank you all so much for your advice!!  It has helped me out so much!  I've also shared everyone's advice with Lanndan and others.


I've been doing some more research and talking, and I found a few ideas online.  Many suggested layers, and some of the styles I found that I liked deal with layers.  My future mother-in-law also suggested taking things slow and start with some layers.  I believe she said long layers.  Here are the styles that I found.


The top left is probably my number one favorite.  I think lol.  Her curl is tight, but I'm not too sure if my curl is too tight for it.  Maybe the layers would help with that?


The top right one is very pretty, too, but her curls are on the loose side.  


The bottom two are of the same style pretty much, but just different views.  It's very pretty on her (I think she's an actress?), but I would be afraid that would be too drastic of a change so soon.  And I'd worry it would look like a boxy afro on me lol.

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I think you can pull off top left.  You're absolutely right the top right is too loose for your natural hair.  The girl on the bottom her name is AnnaLynne Mccord (I gave you a link to her too!) and that's her natural hair.  Just google her name + hair and you'll see some of the different styles she has.  She's got longer layer styles she's had that I think you might be more comfortable with.


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I'd say the girl with the loose curls probably has straight or wavy hair and she used rollers to create soft curls.  Other people have told me they liked the top left, too.  Some like the bottom one, but I think that's too short for me.  I will definitely google more of her styles!

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Kimmi I think your hair looks great!  I have curly hair as well, and I will say bangs and layers do not work for me, especially in the humid summer months.  I would not have the Brazilian blowout thing either because it appears to be toxic to anyone who breathes in the fumes!  I usually wear mine naturally curly or use a flat iron if I want it to be straight.  Yours looks awesome in all of the pictures you've posted!

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Just popping my head in to say that Kimmi- your hair is beautiful, your photos with your fiance adorable, and your furbabies cute!


I've got no good hair advice (mine is pin straight, with only a bit of frizziness showing up in the baby south summers), but I think everyone here is moving you in the right direction!

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Look how adorable you are! What about long layers? No matter what you'll still be as cute as ever!Smiley Happy

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